Kali ni izinkan saya menulis film review dlm B. Inggeris pula.
THE GIVER: Don't waste your time going to see this movie,
which is so lazily scripted that it feels almost tension-less.
It's a poor man's version of the dark-future teen science fiction
movie (a pale shadow of Hunger Games, Divergent, etc).
The exposition about the society (where feelings and past memories,
including music and literature, are outlawed ) takes too much time.
Compare it to a movie such as Equilibrium or Hunger Games, where
the action begins very fast even as we are introduced to the
society where the main characters reside.
There's very little tension in The Giver, and it doesn't take much at all
to solve the whole problem in the end. You'll be surprised how easy it
is for the main character to resolve it. I noticed some people
walking out of the cinema, perhaps due to the overlong set-up scenes
where the movie was shown entirely in black and white. Yup, in
black and white. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges tried their best, but
even these strong actors couldn't save this film's lacklustre script.
RATING: 1 out of 5. (Only for unimaginative people.)
CAFE. WAITING. LOVE.
It's a wacky romantic comedy from Taiwan — wackier
even than Korea's very popular “My Sassy Girl”. College
girl Siying decides to work at Cafe Waiting Love after
falling for a handsome mystery guy who frequents the coffee
shop. Complicating this situation is a goofy guy from
her college who likes Siying.
Ah Tuo, the guy, is the biggest joke on campus — he dresses in a bikini
and carries a cabbage wherever he goes after losing some bets.
In fact, Siying is the only character in the film that seems normal.
Siying's roommate, for example, is a girl who likes to hit her head with a brick
(she's practising Iron-head Kung Fu)! Ah Tuo's employer at a restaurant,
Brother Bao, is a has-been Chow Yuen-Fatt lookalike actor/director who worked
so regularly in gangster films that now he believes he's actually a gangster
and tries to be a mediator for real-life clashing gangs! Cantopop singer
Vivian Chow acts as the owner of Cafe Waiting Love who is forever melancholy
as she yearns the Owner's Special Blend, a coffee drink made from a secret recipe
of her long-gone lover that doesn't upset her stomach.
It took me quite a while to feel comfortable watching the movie. The jokes can
be quite crude, involving faeces, a pissing contest and so on, but despite
my initial resistance, the film eventually managed to charm me. How
can you not laugh outloud when Ah-Tuo conjures a stick of sausage from
behind Siying's head, saying that a spirit has promised him that he could
do that trick with a girl whom he truly loves? This becomes a running joke
where Ah-Tuo would conjure up sausages time and again, sometimes to
give to kids who request for it. It's wacky, I tell you! Ah Tuo also says that
he can conjure up a bowl of tofu if the girl loves him back, but Siying is of
course in love with another guy. Will a bowl of tofu finally appear from
Siying's head? You just have to watch this movie to find out!!
Cafe. Waiting. Love is a movie whose strange humour feels like something
out of a Japanese manga. Its visuals can be very cartoony, such as two
people zooming to the sky and butting heads. It's an unreal world with
Grade: 3.5 out of 5 stars. (Kickstart your creativity by watching this out-of-the-
xbaik cakap orang has-been ehehe..